Mahurangi News

Waka mistake as log uncovered

After a month of intensive excavation, locals were proved correct when the so-called waka discovered in Puhoi was, in fact, confirmed to be a log. The 17-metre long kauri tree trunk was discovered by contractors during piling on April 16 and work immediately...... Read More

Octogenarian leads on rate revolt

A Wellsford superannuitant will refuse to pay a targeted rate to fix Rodney’s transport woes and is urging other ratepayers to do the same. James McNabb, 89, is wanting like-minded people to get in touch with him to better coordinate opposition...... Read More

New website for Rodney’s rainbow community

A new website aims to provide support for Rodney’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and those questioning their sexual identity.      Amanda Ashley and wife Lisa set up the website after becoming concerned...... Read More

A&P date change splits show in two

A decision to move the date of next year’s Warkworth A&P Show from late January to March 16 has led to a split between the equestrian section and the rest of the show. As the new date clashes with the annual Horse of the Year Show, for which...... Read More

Millions pocketed in Sandspit sale

A group of Hong Kong-based investors has made nearly $6 million profit on the forced sale of 185 Sandspit Road, just out of Warkworth. Barfoot & Thompson has confirmed that the 80-hectare property, known as the Chestnut Farm, has been sold to an undisclosed...... Read More

New bus service links Maungaturoto south

A weekly community minibus service has been launched between Maungaturoto and Warkworth every Thursday, with round trips costing $5 per adult and free for under-16s. The van leaves Maungaturoto at 9.30am and stops at Kaiwaka and Wellsford before reaching...... Read More

Old phone reminder

Mahurangi Matters is collecting old mobile phones to support Sustainable Coastlines. Under the RE:MOBILE recycling programme, which started in 2009, more than one million phones have been donated and more than $2.5 million raised for New Zealand charities...... Read More

Chair quits rude social media

Rodney Local Board chair Beth Houlbrooke has left Wellsford social media groups following a spate of hostility from other group members, much of it focused on the introduction of a targeted rate. Ms Houlbrooke said she had exited three Facebook pages,...... Read More

Rodney politicians clash over “gagging”

Beth Houlbrooke Greg Sayers A claim by Rodney Councillor Greg Sayers that he was “gagged from speaking” at a Rodney Local Board meeting, which voted on a controversial targeted rate, has been dismissed as “trouble making”...... Read More

Liquor ban up for discussion

A proposal to introduce a liquor ban at Campbells and Baddeleys Beaches on the Tawharanui Peninsula to curb anti-social behaviour will be discussed at the next Rodney Local Board business meeting on June 21. The meeting will be held at the Council Chamber,...... Read More